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Sport stalwart Les dies at 84

PUBLISHED: 16:21 02 February 2009 | UPDATED: 14:59 07 July 2010

A man who spent a lifetime's involvement with his Norfolk village football and cricket clubs and was officially recognised for his work, has died at the age of 84.

AMAN who spent a lifetime's involvement with his Norfolk village football and cricket clubs and was officially recognised for his work, has died at the age of 84.

Over the years, since the age

of 12, Les Heyhoe, of Foulsham,

has been involved in every aspect of the two sports - from player, umpire and linesman to committee member and writer of local newspaper reports.

In his behind-the scenes roles, Les and his late wife Midget helped raise funds for Foulsham playing field and the village's Frost Hall, as well as the Foulsham teams.

He served for 41 years on the Mid Norfolk Cricket League and was involved in running the Bernard Matthews cup, the Bircham Turner cup, as well as umpiring the Hindringham Jack Smith cup. He would stand for many hours umpiring for Foulsham and Bintree cricket club.

Les was secretary for Foulsham FC for many years and was honoured with a long service award by the Norfolk County FA.

In 2006, he was presented with the first Lifetime Achievement Award from Foulsham Football Club.

He was involved with the club during the 1950s and took it into the Dereham District League.

During the 1970s and 1980s,

Les saw the club join the Norwich Sunday League and the Reserves

join the Sunday West Norfolk

League, both teams winning their respective cups in their first

season.

He continued to support Foulsham FC in to his 80s, and was present in 2005 when Foulsham first team won promotion to Division 5 of the Anglian Combination League in their first ever season and Foulsham Reserves won promotion to Division 3 of the Crown Fire League.

His funeral was held at Foulsham church on Tuesday.

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